blond also blonde (blŏnd)
adj. blond·er, blond·est
1. Having fair hair and skin: blond Scandinavians.
2. Of a flaxen or golden color or of any light shade of auburn or pale yellowish brown: blond hair.
3. Light-colored through bleaching: blond furniture.
1. A person with fair hair and skin.
2. A light yellowish brown to dark grayish yellow.
[Middle English blounde, from Old French blonde, of Germanic origin; see bhel-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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